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Colorectal Cancer Clinical Trials

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    Before doctors can prescribe new medications and treatments, they must be shown to be safe and effective. Colorectal cancerclinical trials allow test the effects of new medications on volunteers with colorectal cancer. The researchers follow a strict protocol and use carefully controlled conditions to evaluate the drugs being developed. The evaluation focuses on how well the drug treats colorectal cancer. Researchers also determine its safety and any possible side effects.

    Some patients with colorectal cancer are reluctant to take part in clinical trials. One reason is fear of getting no treatment at all. This fear, though, is unwarranted. Patients with colorectal cancer who take part in colorectal cancer trials receive either the most effective therapy available or a treatment that is being evaluated for future use. The cancer drugs being tested may be even more effective than the current colorectal cancer treatment. But a clinical trial is the only way to determine whether they are or not.

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    Also, a colorectal cancer clinical trial is a no-cost alternative and usually includes free medical evaluations as part of the trial.

    The following web sites offer information and services that can help you find a colorectal cancer clinical trial that is right for you.


    This web site was developed by the nonprofit Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups. It is an unbiased cancer clinical trial matching and navigation service that enables patients to search for cancer trials based on disease and location.

    National Cancer Institute

    This web site lists more than 6,000 cancer clinical trials and explains what to do when you find one that you think is right for you.

    This web site offers up-to-date information for locating federally and privately supported clinical trials for cancer.


    This web site lists industry-sponsored clinical trials that are actively recruiting patients.

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    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on September 21, 2014
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